“I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.” — Bill Bryson
Here’s a snapshot (or 20) of a few final stops in England. Winding up our weekend in the Cotswolds, we headed to Leicester, where Michael had 4 days of induction meetings (for his PhD in Early Modern History). His professor, Dr. John Coffey, was exceedingly generous with time and attention, introducing us around and even bringing us home for supper. We also spent a full day in Kettering and Olney with Marylynn Rouse, who has spent years volunteering to transcribe John Newton’s correspondence and personal documents. She gave us the whole tour (and fed us twice!)
Conclusion: The world is chock-a-block with wonders. Getting out of our routine once in a while gives us fresh eyes to see them. Note to self — if given the opportunity, go back!